Eagles of Death Metal Releases First Full Statement After Paris Attacks
Following the terrorist attack at Nov. 13's Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris' Le Bataclan that claimed more than 80 lives, the California rock band has issued its first full statement on the tragedy, paying homage to the dead, thanking French police and notifying fans that all further Eagles of Death Metal concerts "are on hold until further notice."
Read it in full below:
"While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.
"Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
"We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.
"All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM."
Prior to this, the band released a short statement on Facebook on Nov. 13, stating, "We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation."